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25 Albyn Place at Albyn Grove, Including Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1427 / 57°8'33"N

Longitude: -2.1196 / 2°7'10"W

OS Eastings: 392858

OS Northings: 805760

OS Grid: NJ928057

Mapcode National: GBR S8F.1X

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.DQWQ

Entry Name: 25 Albyn Place at Albyn Grove, Including Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 354628

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20119

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Circa 1830; additions by J Russell Mackenzie, 1875. 2-storey, 3-bay house with wings adjoining. Tooled coursed granite finely finished to margins. Base course; projecting cills; overhanging eaves.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; 3-bay block to centre, pedimented open porch supported by Tuscan columns, 2-leaf panelled timber door with glazed upper panels, letterbox fanlight; windows to flanking bays to left and right; 3 regularly placed windows to 1st floor. 2-storey, single bay, pedimented wings advanced to outer left and right, architraved windows to ground floor, corniced with consoles, architraved windows with panelled aprons to 1st floor; timber framing to pediment.

W ELEVATION: single window off-centre of right of 1st floor.

S ELEVATION: 5-bay; 3-bay block to centre, regular fenestration to ground and 1st floors, rectangular slate-hung dormer to attic floor, modern addition advanced to left; gabled bays to outer left and right with near regular fenestration to each.

E ELEVATION: doorway to centre of ground floor with panelled timber door, letterbox fanlight, narrow window flanking to left; round-arched window to 1st floor above, with marginal glazing pattern.

Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows. Piended grey slate roof with lead ridges. Shouldered ashlar wallhead stacks, coped, with octagonal and circular cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: tiled floor to porch, with glazed inner door; false ceilings; no fireplaces survive.

BOUNDARY WALLS: low coped ashlar walls to N, square-plan piers with pyramidal caps at angles; coped rubble walls to rear.

Statement of Interest

Albyn Place was originally built on the lands of Rubislaw, owned by James Skene. Skene lived in Albyn Place in Edinburgh (hence the same name in Aberdeen), and commissioned Archibald Elliot to prepare a scheme for Aberdeen based on the New Town in Edinburgh. Albyn Place was the only part of Elliot's scheme to be executed, the remainder being remodelled by Archibald Simpson just over a decade later, and again in the 1840s. 25 Albyn Place, though enlarged in the later 19th century, is a good example of the type of classical villa being built as Aberdeen expanded westwards from the early 19th century. Archibald Simpson designed several of the villas in this area of Aberdeen, so may have been involved in this design. Under ownership of Bell Lawrie White, Stockbrokers (2000).

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